I’ve been taking photographs since I was a little girl. However, I didn’t start calling myself a photographer until I was in my twenties. Prior to that, I assumed that I had to have a degree in the arts to call myself a photographer. I made the same assumption about writing too. Luckily, I realized that isn’t true. To understand a subject, you don’t need a formal degree. But you do need determination, grit, and the willingness to keep learning throughout your life.

Below you’ll find a selection of my favorite photographs and information about my daily photography project. Enjoy!

My Morning ViewMy Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project about Gratitude, Grief & Good Coffee

After my step-dad, Mahlon, died in June 2012, I decided to focus on a creative project to honor Mahlon’s memory. I began a daily photography project called My Morning View on January 1, 2013. Since then, I’ve been taking a daily photo of my morning view with my coffee cup in the frame. My daily photography project gave meaning to the grief I experienced, and it’s fostered creative self-discipline, optimism, and joy. Follow the series on InstagramTumblr, or buy the book!

Please note …

All of my photographs are licensed under Creative Commons. Briefly that means I let others copy, distribute and/or display my copyrighted photos. You may not use my photographs for commercial purposes.

If you use my photographs on a blog, website, in a magazine, or newspaper, please credit me—Tammy Strobel—with a hyperlink back to

Be well,